The Blacksmith’s Daughter – Another Gaslight Birthday

She was born near Neston, Cheshire, England, on this day in 1765  the daughter of a blacksmith who died shortly after her birth. She was baptized on the twelfth of May in the same year. She became an actress, a model, a muse to an artist, and the mistress of one of Britain’s greatest heroes.  Read More …

Rise and Fall and Rise Again? (An Introduction – or Down the Rabbit Hole We Go)

As Sir Elton John (whose birthday was yesterday) might have sung ‘It’s a little bit funny…’ There is a bit of irony in the fact that March 25th 2001 celebrated the true return of the sword and sandal movie genre by giving Gladiator the Oscar for best picture and Russell Crowe the best actor Oscar Read More …

First Day of Spring and Happy International Happiness Day (or…HE’S BACK!)

Yes, it’s not only the first day of spring, but it’s International Happiness Day. Not sure when that day came into effect, but it works for this date when Jack Aubrey’s nemesis decided to make a return visit.

Marcus Aurelius – Movies and the Reality (or ‘It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live’)

When you arise in the morning think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love…Marcus Aurelius Many of us – myself included – were fully introduced to Russell Crowe when he appeared in the movie which not only won best picture, but gave him his one and only Read More …

Historic Date Meets Russell Crowe Movie (Because It’s Not JUST St. Patrick’s Day Today)

I always enjoy it when real life and history touches upon one of Crowe’s movies. Today is no exception. While the seventeenth of March is better known among many as being Saint Patrick’s Day in honor of the legendary Irish saint, it is also a historic date for those interested in the latter years of Read More …

This is NOT the St. Valentine’s Day You’re Thinking Of…

Before a specific Valentine’s Day during the Napoleonic Wars, the location was already well-known. Not only had Sir Francis Drake conducted some of his pirating in the area, but those in Neolithic, ancient Greek, and ancient Roman times called it sacred. The Greeks erected a temple to Heracles. The Romans called it Promontorium Sacrum (The Read More …